New Book Offers Strong Defenseof Importance of Federal Civil Service
Washington, D.C.– Two recently retired high-level federal managers, with over 65 years of experience between them, in a newly released book offer a strong defense of why federal government service is a worthwhile and vitally important career choice and what could be done to stop politicians from scapegoating federal workers.
The book is needed especially now, say the authors, when some politicians have intensified their attacks on federal workers. They say that the salvos lobbed at federal workers in 2013, largely due to political infighting — budget cuts, sequestration, pay freezes, and finally a government shutdown — tell us it is time to change the conversation about government and stop maligning civil servants as an inefficient and money-wasting “faceless bureaucracy.”
In their book, We Are Not the Enemy: Restoring Honor to U.S. Civil Service, authors Deborah Johnson and Mark Wallace offer strong and excellent examples how every day the work done in federal government agencies bolsters and uplifts the lives of U.S. citizens, and what can be done to stop the attacks on civil servants who work solely for the benefit of the people of the United States. The authors describe how the daily details of this work provide support and assistance for Americans in myriad ways that most people may not even know about, but heavily depend on nevertheless.
The book describes the behind-the-scenes work of civil servants, such as pioneering models to better forecast the path and intensity of hurricanes; doing research to investigate the causes, prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer; and providing data on where we live and work, what we buy, and how we travel so businesses can strategically form and grow and public funds can be best used to build roads and maintain public transportation.
Wallace, who served almost a dozen years in the Senior Executive Service at the U.S. Census Bureau, laments that “fewer managers are aspiring to the SES ranks today and our book attempts to look at just why that is.” Johnson, who served as Acting Deputy Director at the Bureau of Transportation Statistics says “the work of the federal government is vital, it saves lives, it protects the wellbeing and the money of millions of Americans every day — and unfortunately it is largely unseen and unappreciated. That is why we wrote this book — the satisfactions of doing important work and doing it well are very great, and young people at the start of their careers should know that. We want them to know — Your Country Needs You.”
We Are Not the Enemy, is now available for sale on Amazon.com for $10.99.